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Rapscallion Premier - Rapscallion

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Rapscallion Premier
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BA SCORE
87
very good

93 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 12
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2002)
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Photo of NEhophead
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Hazy straw with a light peach in color; noticeable sediment and active carbonation. Frothy, light foam with impressive retention. Delicate patches of condensed lacing.

Belgian-candied sweetness with an earthen mustiness. Peach, pear fruity esters. Diacetyl-laced toasted malts. Mild peppercorn and corriander spices.

Shawrply acidic, fruity tartness: lemon, orange, raspberry, cranberry, green apple. The creamy, Belgian-candied sugar gives a nice smoothness to the tart flavors. Undertones of corriander throughout the sip.

A light, medium in body; light and crisp, but intensely carbonated.

A flavorful pale Belgian-style offering. Don't be confused by the 'Blonde Ale' moniker, this one tastes nothing like it. Quite pleasant.

NEhophead, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of morebeergood
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Rattlesnake on Boylston St. Served in a standard pint glass. Dark reddish color with orange and brown highlights. Large white head. Smell was very fruity. Flavor was sugary and had notes of strawberry, cherry and coriander. I did like the taste, but the mouthfeel was another story. This beer was way too sweet and malty. It left a sticky feeling on my palate after every sip. I enjoyed drinking this beer, but I could only drink one at the time then I moved on.

morebeergood, May 06, 2010
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An Interesting ale... Poursout to a golden mustard color with a small head of white foam that bubbled off rather quickly. Medium level of carbonation, no lace. Inital scent reminded me of a latex surgical glove; when agitated, the real aromas come out. Some sweet malts, maybe some herbal notes. Taste was good; a lighter maltiness over sweet grains, some sweet corn flavors. Nice. Mouthfeel was medium light bodied, kind of bland. Not a lot going on the in the "experience" dept. Average drinkability; I could take or leave this one. Probably best on a hot summer day. Worth a try. Special thanks to conneticutpoet for the specimen.

Frozensoul327, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of UnionMade
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy orangey amber, with a giant off white head. Poor retention, despite the legion of bubbles rapidly working to maintain it.
The aroma is sweet and authentically belgian. Sugary malts, with tons of fruitiness. A touch of caramel mixed in with the candi sweetness. Hints of pear, grape, and peach. A faint whiff of alcohol. No apparent hopping.
Flavor is an explosion of malts. Very well done, with a pleasant sparkly texture to the mouthfeel. Lots of complexity in the esters. Giant sweet floral fruitiness, a mix of pear, peach, grape, and maybe a touch of strawberry. A little bit of astringency, and a mild alcohol bite at the end. Some alcoholic warmth down the throat, with a lasting malty sweet aftertaste.
I had this a long time ago, and I didn't like it nearly as much as I did this evening. One of the better american brewed belgian beers, in my opinion.

UnionMade, Aug 27, 2003
Photo of number1bum
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for this brew.

Pours a light orange hazy golden color with about one finger of creamy ivory head. Head retention is pretty solid, keeps a nice lace and leaves some stick.

Smells fruity, with peaches, apricot, and some citrus in there. Some yeast too which gives it an almost Belgian character. Also a sweet, bready malt note.

Taste is bready with a lightly toasted graininess, also some honey-like sweetness and then lots of fruit. Apricot and peach, some citrus just like the smell, also some apple and who knows what else. It's quite complex, with some yeast and herbal hop bitterness in there for good measure.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, quite creamy and appropriately carbonated. There's a good amount of sweetness but it becomes dry through the finish which makes it very palatable.

Pretty tasty brew and a nice change of pace. Very fruity, complex and interesting and definitely worth a try.

number1bum, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of MuddyFeet
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled in a chalice. Poured a pale amber in color. Decent carbonation that gave the beer a thin head. It congealed to form a dense circle in the meddle of the glass. No lace. The taste was sweet from the malts. Caramel apples. Cloves. But the hops balanced out nicely. The aroma came through as mildly bitter hops, and that also very noticeable in the beer's finish. The mouthfeel was quite happily crisp. Very good overall (definitely one of my new favorites) and would definitely pick up another beer.

MuddyFeet, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of Hibernator
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rapscallion Premier was served into a goblet out of a 12 oz brown bottle. The brewtrack # is 1632 (I think, its smudged).

The appearance is golden orange with a striking head and beautiful lacing.

This brew smells sweet. Mix of fruit and citrus.

The taste is syrupy and sweet. Serious carbonation is present in every sip. This beer is complex with juicy flavors and a crisp finish.

This brew has Belgian origins all over it. Another winner from the Rapscallion series at the Concord brewery in Concord, MA.

Hibernator, Jul 16, 2004
Photo of taez555
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The tracking number on this particular beer was 1622. I poured it straight into the glass that came with it, trying to get as much head as possible. I'd already had another one in the 4 pack and found this to be a beer that no matter how many ways you try to pour it, it just can't get a decent head. This time was no exception, it had a small head that quickly cleared with just a few bubbles. Looking at it with it's amber/orange color, it reminded me a lot of apple juice. The nose on the other hand, even without the help of a head, was very inviting. Malty, very fruity. Hints of apples or pears possibly.
The initial taste was not as note worthy as the nose. Very light, with a taste of sour fruit. Not heavily carbonated. Very lightly hopped.
I'm torn with this beer. I really like the company a lot. The whole brewtrack system is very cool. Check out the website to learn all about it. But the beer feels like a belgian trippel that just falls a little in a few areas. Seeing as how this is the first attempt by the former Northeast Brewing Company brewmaster, it's really hard to say something bad about it though. I'm really looking forward to see how this beer is going to be down the line with a few tweeks.
And plus.. it's worth trying just for the glass.

taez555, Feb 22, 2003
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Served in a tulip glass.
It pours an amber-hued golden color, with a fluffy, off-white head.
A mild dry grainy smell is upfront. A light blend of sweet candy, fruit cup, with a dose of citrus and resins roam around. A whiff of white rum fades in and out.
This Golden is a bit sweet for the style, yet it’s a pleasing sweetness. Bready, grassy and caramel malts carry hints of citrus and fruit cup, along with some warming alcohol. A faint taste of ripe banana and spices peek through.
The body is a little full for the style and lacks any dryness.
It’s a good beer to pair with a wide variety of cheeses and salamis, or vanilla-based desserts.

BeerResearcher, May 09, 2011
Photo of SixpointJMH
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

having enjoyed dann's beers at notheast brewing co while living in boston, i was excited to pick up some rapscallion on a return trip last weekend.

premier pours a slightly hazy gold/orange with a strong head that never fully dissolves. after having seen reviews boasting flavours of bubble gum, i was half expecting liquid bazooka, but was happier with what i got, which was more of a juicy fruit gum smell/flavour. additional fruit flavours and sweetness were also detected but i couldn't pinpoint anything else specific, save for a bit of a taste of honey.

this was not nearly as sweet as i expected and i thoroughly enjoyed every sip (which i also expected). i just wish my dumb ass would have grabbed the blessing and creation 4 packs while i was in boston.

by the way, i was sipping batch 1624.

SixpointJMH, Feb 18, 2003
Photo of indiapaleale
4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maybe its just me, but I was reallly, really impressed with this beer. It was my first taste of Rapscallion, which I think is only available here in Massachusetts right now. It was served in a large "snifter" type glass which definately brought out some intense aromas. The color was a sandy blonde color with an unfiltered hue to it. The taste blew me away, just so much flavor. It was malty, hoppy and citrusy all at once. It had a smooth texture that was a little heavy on the tongue but overall just right. An outstanding beer all around.

indiapaleale, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of mick303
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

mick303, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

brewtrak #1637

pours a rich, light amber with 1-finger head in the accompanying rapscallion goblet. vibrant rising of carbonation, appealing to look at. lacing is very loose and the smell is yeasty with sweet fruits. red berry sticks out like a sore thumb. american blonde or belgian pale? alcohol is the first thing i taste.. that mellows into a buttery silky malt smoothness mimicking vanilla. berries are still present in aftertaste but not predominant. this beer is mostly grain- a good belgian style but not pronounced by a particular flavor. drinkable except for the booziness and an overall enjoyable local brew. ill give two of my 4 bottles 6 months to see where it goes.

goodbyeohio, May 17, 2005
Photo of beernut7
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Again, not a very impressive Rapscallion brew. The aroma is a bit yeasty with tones of musk and hints of brown bread. The initial flavor is of old strawberries and stewed carrots with a sharp malt sweetness and a sharp bitterness. The musky yeast flavors are what really rule the show here. Just as raw as I found teh Creation to be.

beernut7, Jan 29, 2003
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 12oz bottle and poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Had a slightly cloudy peach color, vigorous carbonation and a foamy vanilla colored head. No lace.
The nose had a very floral and fruity sweetness to it. Also quite a bit of spiciness in the form of clove, coriander and white pepper notes. Very light wafting of alcohol fumes. Almost tripel-ish.
A few pulls and I kept getting the very sweet tastes of soft cotton candy and peaches. Almost syrupy at times, it strove to balance things out with a solid punch of coriander and clove spiciness. Malt profile is kept under wraps at all times; mildly dusty, yeasty tone.
Premier had a fuller feel than anticipated..a bit cloying at times.
All in all, this is an interesting take on the style. Fairly drinkable although I wouldn't really go for a lot of this one. Thanks to goodbyeohio for the surprise addition in our trade!

Boilermaker88, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of tastybeer
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glowing fairly clear, golden orange with a two finger white head atop. A few bits of sediment are evident. Very nice color and some spotty lace. A white ring remains after the fine bubbly head fades. Smells of sugary fruits, bubble gum, with mild sweet soft malts. Refreshingly spicey and floral. Taste is soft and sweet as well. Cloves, fruit, herbal and floral hops, honey, toasted bread, and bubble gum. Great smooth carbonation gives way to the variety of (very well balanced) flavors. There is a very mild sense of spicey alcohol that occasionally makes a welcome appearance. Mouthfeel is smooth and delicate. Very drinkable in my book. What food to have with this remains a mystery for me. My boyfriend made some popcorn and though I had to hide from the smell to review this, the addition of butter seemed to compliment the candy-like fruits, honey, and toasty malts.

Certainly worth the while.

tastybeer, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer sampled - and enjoyed - at the Connecticut River Brewfest.

This was a nice amber ale with a good foamy head. Looked quite good.

The aroma was of medium malts, with a light sweetness. Not a lot of hop aroma.

Light hops came through in the taste, however, along with the maltiness. It was a very smooth, easy drinking brew. Good mouthfeel. I liked it a lot.

connecticutpoet, Oct 05, 2004
Photo of bjohnson
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very cloudy rust color with light highlights. Big cream colored fluffy head. Excellent retention with wonderful lace. I like what I've seen so far from this offering.
S: Bold. Champagane like notes with big fruity hop notes of orange, lemon, and melons. Very sweet in the nose with juicy fruit. Slight beligan notes also.
T/M: Not as bold on the palate as I thought it was going to be. Semi dry in mouth and extra champagne like in the finish. Too fizzy and a bit light. Fruity hop notes are present but not overpowering. Slightly bitter finish with a toasted grain aftertaste.
D: Worth a shot if you like the rapscallion line. All tasty brews, but this one just wasn't as good as the other two.

bjohnson, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of edchicma
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful large, long lasting head...nice amber yellow color...flowery and fruity elements in the smell..Very nice tart taste on the tongue with some alcohol elements. Medium mouthfeel with crispness that was satisfying. Tasted like it was 6.7 abv....This beer would probably be even better in the winter time..wil revisit when the snow flies. This beer was a bit different than others I have tried, so another tasting to give a better review will also be in order.

edchicma, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of pezoids
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a pleasant treat of a beer. Pale and hazy golden orange in color. A beautiful and large creamy white head topped this beer off. There was a snotty looking floater hovering just under the head - I hope it's yeast!

The aroma is very appealing. Fruity, soft sweet like nectar, with oranges, apples, apricots and even some grape juice. The taste is equally appealing. Very much tangy and has a bitter fruitiness. There's an apple cider tartness in the finish. Overall, I think this is a beautifully crafted beer. Light to medium in body, with a sharp fruit tang in the finish. An awesome beer.

Thanks to Paceyourself and BIF4 for this treat!

pezoids, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of kmo1030
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden orange with a white head. floral sweet aromas pervade with and underlying acidic near tomato juice smell that softens as the temperature rises. the tomoto juice qualities are thankfully not found in the taste. this beer has a real pleasant sweetness, floral peaches and pear mostly with a light herbal hop bitterness that adds a nice crispness. a light clove spiced flavor in there too. the light meduim well carbonated body, suits this beer well. good drinkability despite the sort weird smell, since it does taste pretty good, and may have just been a little off or something. in any case the smell isn't enough to make me dislike it.

kmo1030, Jan 25, 2005
Photo of jamie2dope
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is yet another beer that I always see, but never get. Actually, this is the first Rapscallion beer I have tried, but not the first Concord beer I have tried. Anyway, it poured a nice amber color (blonde ale?) with a small head that faded away quickly. Smell was pretty malty, with lots of candied sugar and fruit. A fair amount of spice came through in the aroma as well. Taste was incredibly juicy at first, then faded into a more herbal tea esq kind of presence. Mouthfeel was medium in body. A very drinkable beer we have here. I'm a little confused by their calling it a blonde ale though, in that it tastes much more like a Belgian Strong Pale to me. It reminds me a great deal of Pranqster by North Coast Brewing (another awesome beer). I guess it doesn't matter much what it is labelled as. Just another great beer to try. Cheers

jamie2dope, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of scottum
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in the lovely Rapscallion glass. A golden amber with a big head. Sweet like honey. A bit fruity and peppery. A touch of the 6.7% comes through as well. Hops try their best to balance the big malt profile. In the end though, the sweetness wins. A bit too sweet for me to drink more than one.






*** A fresh sample on clean lines at the new Bukowski's on 4-26

On this day with this keg I could drink it all night.

scottum, Apr 06, 2003
Photo of EPICAC
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rapscllion Premier pours a clear copper-amber. It's topped by a fluffy, off-white head. The aroma is sweet and fruity. There are notes of caramel, citrus, juicy fruit, a mild resinous hop character, and hints of graininess.

This beer is sweet overall. Toasty malts upfront move into bready and caramel malts with hints of citrus and fruit. The finish is mildly bitter with a grassy hop flavor. This beer is light bodied with prickly carbonation.

This is a nice easy drinking beer.

EPICAC, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a four pack with the proper drinking goblet included. I had tried this beer at the brewery after one of their Saturday tours. The head was small and didn't seem to last. The smell is sweat and gentle and is a beautiful cloudy golden color. Well balanced and full of flavor.

CharlesRiver, Oct 20, 2002
Rapscallion Premier from Rapscallion
87 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.